In the automotive world, there are many direct competitors. But two Japanese brands, Nissan and Toyota, have a long-standing rivalry, where for every Toyota model, be it a small hatchback, SUV, or executive sedan, there is the same car of a Nissan brand. How to choose between them?
Toyota tends to come out as a better automaker, but Nissan is always not far behind.
Toyota auto manufacturers often make restyling for its models, but it is hard to say that due to this they are far ahead of the competitors. In terms of interior trim, fuel consumption, maintenance costs, and many other indicators – also parity. Understanding the Nissan vs. Toyota difference is more likely after a comparison of the most popular models from classes.
Corolla, Auris, and Verso from Toyota against Sentra, Pulsar, and Note from Nissan. The choice should lean towards Nissan models, given their lower cost. However, their sedans and hatchbacks noticeably lose to Toyota in interior comfort and design, although the technical characteristics are similar.
Toyota cars last up to 200,000 miles with about 15 years of extensive use. Nissans have an average lifespan of the same 15 years and can last up to 250,000 miles.
This is a rapidly developing class popular in the US due to its practicality and comfort. Nissan has many decent representatives, including the Rogue, Murano, and Kicks. Toyota’s sales leaders are obvious: the Land Cruiser Prado and RAV4. Toyota is a giant in this segment, but the competitor went the other way and did not impose direct competition. Nissan produces its cars mainly for young people – with bright design solutions and expressive dynamics.
Toyota is represented by the Land Cruiser 200, Tundra, Tacoma, and Hilux. Nissan can satisfy modest farmers with the Frontier and Titan pickups and compete for the hearts of businessmen with the aggressive Pathfinder, Patrol, and Armada. Thanks to the abundance of models and prices Nissan wins a virtual battle in this market segment. In terms of cross-country ability and practicality, there are no serious issues with any model.
An average Nissan owner pays about $150 less for maintenance than owners of other brands, according to RepairPal.
Nissan Maxima and Toyota Camry are irreconcilable rivals in the war for the hearts of business-class buyers. Options and prices are identical. Fuel economy, speed performance, and reliability are also close. But still, connoisseurs will note the following advantages of the models against the competitor:
Despite some shortcomings, both Nissan and Toyota manufacturers make quality cars. Wide model and price ranges can satisfy the needs of different buyers in Indianapolis:
At Indy Auto Man, the choice of used Toyotas and Nissans is also huge, and not all models were included in the review. Visit our car lot and choose your winner after a full-fledged test drive around Indianapolis!